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Real Madrid shock fans as they appoint a surprising choice for their next manager

Los Blancos have named the current Spain boss as the successor to Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid has announced that Spain’s manager  Julen Lopetegui will be their head coach next season. The Spanish club was linked to many high profile coaches since the untimely exit of Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman took over from Rafa Benitez and led Real to nine trophies including three consecutive Champions League titles.

The latest of those came a few weeks ago, after which Zidane announced that he would step down as the head coach. Since then Madrid has been linked with various big names. They have, however, appointed Lopetegui as their manager, a move which took everyone by surprise. Lopetegui is currently in charge of Spain’s national team and will lead his forces to Russia to win the World Cup.

Real announce the appointment of Lopetegui as head coach

Despite signing a new deal with Spain’s national team recently, Real have managed to woo Lopetegui to take charge at the Bernabeu. A statement was released by Madrid earlier today, claiming the capture of the former Porto man. “Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons. Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”

The move took many by surprise particularly as Real had previously been linked to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Galactico Guti. However, the appointment of the 51-year-old manager has been lauded by experts. Lopetegui has previously worked with Real’s B team and has also led Spain’s Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 sides.

He has, however, experienced mixed fortunes in management, particularly at Porto after being sacked by the club. How fairly his assignment with Real works out should be interesting to see. Los Blancos never shy away from sacking coaches and much will be expected from Lopetegui in Madrid colours.

Author’s Take

After Zidane stepped down, Raphael Varane said it would be very difficult for the next Madrid coach. To be honest, winning three consecutive UCL titles is a massive feat, but to better them would be even more difficult. Madrid though has trusted Lopetegui with that responsibility and only time will tell how will he fare at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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